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Check for portfolio Record Title Artist Physical Description Artist Life Dates Century Object Creation Date Accession Number Medium and Support Primary Keywords
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Mask (Kasangu)

Artist Unknown, African, Sala Mpasu Peoples Democratic Republic of the Congo

Face mask made of wood, covered in white kaolin; face has round, bulging forehead, deep set narrow eyes, small round ears, fiber beard, open rectangular mouth and pointed teeth; basketry weave that held mask on the dancer’s head is visible at back and sides; raffia attachment on top of head frayed and missing.

20th century

1920-1960

1971/2.44

wood, raffia, kaolin and fiber

face mask

masquerade

prestige

raffiawork

wood (sculpture by material)

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Palm wine cup

Artist Unknown, African, Kuba Peoples Democratic Republic of the Congo

Cylindrical, wood carved cup with geometric motifs and linear, interlocking surface designs that cover the entire surface of the object.

20th century

circa 1940

1983/1.372

wood

cups

geometric motifs

prestige

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Mask (idangani)

Artist Unknown, African, Sala Mpasu Peoples Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mask is made entirely of blackish-brown dyed and molded raffia fiber; face has bulging forehead, deeo set narrow eyes, bulbous nose, and raffia “beard.” Top of head has cone-like crest of small fiber knots.

20th century

circa 1900-1983

1983/2.184

dyed fiber, raffia

face masks

fiberwork

masquerades

prestige

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Prestige Pipe

Artist Unknown, African, Cameroon Grassfields Cameroon

Pipe made in three parts: wood-carved stem, inner metal pipe for drawing smoke, and metal, possibly bronze bowl. Wood-carved, openwork stem is comprised of interlocking lizards; spiral whorls cover the cast metal bowl. bands of cowrie shells encircle the bottom and “neck” of the bowl, while its lip is topped with the classic Grassfields motif of a prestige cap.

Mid-20th century

1925-1975

1985/1.150

wood, metal, possibly copper and bronze

metal

pipe (smoking equipment)

prestige

smoking

wood

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Bwami Society Maskette

Artist Unknown, African, Lega Peoples Democratic Republic of the Congo

Concave, ovoid maskette with kaolin covering surface of surface of face. Minimal rendering of facial features: raised, tapered wood strip for nose; narrow, oviod, horizontal eyes; open, ovoid mouth with some striation around interior edge.

20th century

1900-1975

1985/1.151

wood, kaolin

initiations

maskettes

prestige

wood (sculpture by material)

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Mat

Artist Unknown, African, Kuba Peoples Democratic Republic of the Congo

Flat raffia mat with woven geometric, diamond-lke pattern of interlocking lines in green, natural and purple.

20th century

circa 1970

1985/1.165

Raffia fiber

geometric motifs

mats (floor coverings)

prestige

raffiawork

textiles

wall hangings

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Design Cloth

Artist Unknown, African, Kuba Peoples Democratic Republic of the Congo

Square panel of raffia, cut-pile cloth; top is even, plush surface; intersecting linear pattern creates geometic diamond motifs in contrasting dark and light browns. Back is woven raffia cloth.

20th century

circa 1970

1986/2.105

raffia, cloth, dye

geometric motifs

natural fiber

prestige

raffiawork

textiles

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Chief's hat

Artist Unknown, African, Bamileke Peoples, Cameroon

Miter-shaped hat with double layer of fabric made from whorls of light-colored cotton applique on dark green velveteen ground. Sides of hat terminate in red tassels. Front edge of hat is trimmed with red fabric.

20th century

1925-1975

1997/1.171

cotton appliqué with tassels

appliquè

authority

hats

prestige

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Elephant Mask (mbap mteng)

Artist Unknown, African, Bamileke Peoples, Cameroon

Face mask embroidered extensively wtih glass beads. Two long panels hang down the front and back of the wearer. Humanoid face at top has two round eye holes allowing the wearer to see, a strip of fabric for nose and open, upturned mouth. Ears are protruding disks attached on either side of the face . Top of the head is covered with small, corklike knobs covered with black cloth. The beadwork is predominantly green, with intricate, scallop-shaped patterns along edge of panels, and vertical, star-like patterns filling center of the panels. Interior of panels is lined with damask.

20th century

1950-1999

1997/1.319

cloth, glass beads, fiber

authority

beads

elephants

face masks

masquerades

prestige

royalty

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Prestige Axe

Artist Unknown, African, Congo (Zaire), Lunda Circle Lwena?

20th century

20th century

1998/1.51

iron or steel blade with wood handle

axes (tools)

iron (metal)

metalwork

prestige

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Prestige Axe

Artist Unknown, African, Benin, Toma

20th century

20th century

1998/1.85

metal blade with wood handle

axes (tools)

axes (weapons)

ceremonial axes

metalwork

prestige

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Flywhisk (mpiya, nsea, nfunka or nyese)

Artist Unknown, African, Dondo Peoples Congo Republic

Wood-carved flywhisk is shape of a woman. Her torso doubles as the whisk handle and is scarified with leaden inlay, which has been worn smooth due to extended use. A red cotton wrap marks the transition zone between the female’s torso and the buffalo hair whisk below. The whisk visually acts as a grass skirt completing the above figure’s body and dress.

late 18th - early 19th century

circa 1800

2005/1.176

wood, lead, cotton fiber, buffalo hair

authority

divination

figure (representation)

flywhisks

prestige

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Palm Wine Drinking Horn

Artist Unknown, African, Kuba Peoples Democratic Republic of the Congo

Buffalo horn with concentric circles, geometric shapes and beadlike bands carved in relief follow the natural contours of the horn to its pointed tip. Has a local repair—a metal suture sewn at the mouth to stabilize a crack. Has cord pierced through tip.

late 18th - early 19th century

1800-1850

2005/1.209

buffalo horn

drinking horns

geometric motifs

prestige